In a unanimous 13-0 decision, council approved the final draft of The London Plan — London’s playbook for city building over the next 20 years.
“After two years of public consultation, this plan identifies how London will grow over the next 20 years,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “We should all be proud of the extensive work the community, city council and city staff have put into creating The London Plan. With this plan, we’re building a better city, not just for us — but for future generations of Londoners.”
The London Plan — which becomes the city’s new Official Plan — sets out a series of policies designed to stimulate growth and development, protect the environment and natural resources, conserve local heritage, revitalize the downtown, protect agricultural lands, co-ordinate civic infrastructure, provide for affordable housing and connect the Forest City’s transportation system within land use plans.
The key directions proposed in The London Plan include:
- Growing inward and upward
- Shaping the city around rapid transit
- Building a city of great places and spaces
- Offering real and attractive mobility choices
- Becoming one of the greenest cities in Canada
- Creating a cosmopolitan city
- Building strong and vibrant neighbourhoods
- Planning a smart city
- Regenerating urban neighbourhoods and main streets
“I would like to thank the thousands of Londoners who contributed to the creation of The London Plan,” said John Fleming, managing director of planning and city planner. “The plan was created after an extensive two-year conversation with Londoners about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for London’s future — to the year 2035.”
The London Plan has emerged from a two-year conversation with Londoners, called ReThink London, and sets new goals and priorities to shape the growth, preservation and evolution of the Forest City over the next two decades.
ReThink London, thought to be one of the largest engagement process relating to an Official Plan in Canada, saw over 20,000 Londoners participate in more than 100 information sessions and workshop events, respond to surveys and provide their opinions on a collective vision for the community’s future.
Fleming went on to say the plan reflects how Londoners would like the city to grow as well as ensure that London is able to meet “both the challenges and opportunities” the municipality will face given its projected growth of more than 80,000 people and 43,000 net new jobs by 2035.
Londoners can view and download the full plan at www.thelondonplan.ca as well as review previous versions, the public’s comments and background information on the process.